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Ape Ology (2007)

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Format: CD
Sku: 204778361
UPC: 060768057623
UPC 14: 00060768057623
Release Date: 7/10/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Dread Lion - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
2. Zion Blood - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
3. Three in One - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
4. Curly Dub - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
5. Patience Dub - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
6. Super Ape - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
7. Croaking Lizard - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
8. Black Vest - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
9. Underground Root - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
10. Dub Along - (Round One: Scratch the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
11. Soul Fire - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
12. Throw Stone Water In - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
13. Evil Tongue - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
14. Curly Locks - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
15. Ghetto Sidewalk - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
16. Favourite Dish - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
17. Free Up the Weed - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
18. Big Neck Police - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
19. Yu Squeeze My Panhandle - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
20. Roast Fish & Cornbread - (Round Two: Roast Fish, Collie Weed 7 Cornbread) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Dyon-Anasaw - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
2. Return Of the Super Ape - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
3. Tell Me Something Good - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
4. Bird In Hand - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
5. Crab Years - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
6. Jah Jah a Natty Dread - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
7. Psyche & Trim - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
8. Lion, The - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
9. Huzza a Hana - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
10. High Ranking Sammy - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
11. From Creation - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
12. Creation Dub - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape/1) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
13. Creation Dub - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape/2) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
14. Creation Dub - (Round Three: Return Of the Super Ape/3) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
15. Roast Fish And Cornbread - (Jah Single Mix, Bonus Track) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
16. Corn Fish Dub - (Jah Single Mix, Bonus Track) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
17. OK Corral - (Bonus Track) ~ Lee "Scratch" Perry
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Clive Hylton, The Full Experience, Prince Jazzbo, The Heptones, U-Roy.
Muze PNote A godsend if ever there was one, this two-disc reissue set combines three of Lee "Scratch" Perry's quirkiest and most fascinating LPs, 1976's Super Ape and 1978's Return of the Super Ape and Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Cornbread, in one package along with seven rare and related bonus tracks. It's all vintage Perry, who was at the peak of his powers as a maverick producer in 1976. His fabled Black Ark Studio in Kingston was up and running by this time and his brilliant production work on Max Romeo's classic War ina Babylon LP and fine sets by the Heptones and Junior Murvin, among others, had made him a cult figure in Britain. Furthermore, he had a potentially lucrative international distribution deal with Chris Blackwell's Island Records for his Black Ark projects. Island released Super Ape in 1976, although Blackwell had to know that this odd but brilliant mix of eccentric jazz and dub had very little commercial potential. It was, however, Top 40 material compared to Perry's sequel to the album, Return of the Super Ape, which seemed to be a random assortment of sax-drenched, ganja-soaked odds and ends, and Blackwell refused to release it. Blackwell also passed on Roast Fish, Perry's vocal project from the same time period. The two 1978 albums were then consequently released as LPs on Perry's own Lion of Judah label, condemning both to hard-to-find import status ever since. Putting all three albums together like this is an obvious move, and kudos go to Trojan/Sanctuary for finally doing what Perry fans have been hoping and praying would happen for some 30 years now. What emerges is a diverse portrait of Perry as the "dub shepherd," a sly and crafty auteur who works a Teac four-track recorder and an Echoplex delay unit like no one before or since, painting an alternate and at times goofy universe of floating vocals, detached horn charts, odd percussion, and eerie mooing sounds that, particularly in the Super Ape tracks (presented here the way Scratch intended them and not in the sequence that Island used in 1976), still manage to convey an ominous political and vaguely Afrocentric statement of personal and cultural independence.
Muze PNote Working off the deep basslines of Boris Gardiner and the rhythms of Mikey Richards, Earl Smith, and Keith Sterling, punctuated by the horns of Bobby Ellis, Herman Marquis, Richard Hall, and Vin Gordon, and buoyed by the impeccable harmonies of the Heptones' Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn (not to mention a fine toast from Prince Jazzbo on the wonderful "Croaking Lizard"), Perry makes Super Ape the ultimate late-night chill album with one foot in African history and the other firmly in the space age. Return goes even further, emerging as a casual, offhand piece of dub jazz, full of sax refrains and odd percussion detours. It is wonderful to have its speed corrected here (some of the import versions were so out of sync that they seemed to be made up of gibberish), and while it isn't as fully developed a statement as Super Ape, it is a perfect if somewhat fractured augmentation to it. Roast Fish is similarly informed here, presenting Perry as a vocalist who makes up for what he lacks as a singer with a wry, DJ-styled delivery full of good humor and quirky observations on everything from food, cars, and romance to the shaky economic and political situation in Jamaica. The bonus tracks, which include Clive Hylton's original dubplate of "From Creation" with all known alternate mixes, U-Roy's "OK Corral" single, and the original Jamaican single version of "Roast Fish and Cornbread" along with an alternate mix, are well chosen and they perfectly round out this set. Taken as an archival collection and as the measure of a brilliant, eccentric producer at the absolute top of his game, Ape-ology is essential for Perry fans everywhere, and is a must for any truly complete dub or reggae collection. Challenging, skewed, eerie, beautiful, haunting, defiantly uncommercial, and so far off the beaten path that it seems to come from some other planet or dimension entirely (even by Jamaican standards), the music contained here is like no other. Welcome to Scratch's world. ~ Steve Leggett

Producer: Lee "Scratch" Perry; Jeremy Collingwood (Compilation)

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Ska Bonanza-Studio One Ska Yea
Muze Music Compilations Wailers & Friends
Muze Music Compilations Hey Punk...Get Riddim!
Muze Music Compilations Rockers
Muze Music Compilations Muzik City: the Story Of Trojan
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Gold
Muze Music Compilations Ska Bonanza: Studio One Ska Years (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations War Ina Babylon/island Reggae Antholo
Muze Music Compilations Island 50 Reggae
Muze Music Compilations MUSIC OF GRAND THEFT AUTO V (OST)(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Chartbusters Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Chartbusters Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations In Between Times
Muze Music Compilations Total Reggae:roots
Muze Music Compilations Legend Remixed
Muze Music Compilations Scorchers From The Early Years 67-73
Muze Music Compilations Hotel Costes 8

Associated Artists and Works

Bovell, Dennis
Coki
Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell
Dubblestandart
Dublin
King Tubby
Mad Professor
Marley, Bob
Marley, Bob (Reggae)
Native (Reggae)
On-U Sound System
Professor, Mad
Sherwood, Adrian
Tubby, King
Upsetters (Reggae) (The)
Upsetters (The)
Wailers (The)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/10/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 06076805762
Music Label Name Label : Trojan
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00060768057623

Professional Reviews

Uncut (p.106)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "This double-disc set presents a catalogue of Jamaican music's finest achievements....A captivating and otherworldly psychedelic legacy."

The Wire (p.67)
- "[T]his album is a pure joy....It confirmed Perry's maverick instincts....Totally essential."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Perry,Lee "scratch"
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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